South Africa is a treasure trove of culture, adventure and natural beauty. A country that has something for everyone, all travelers regardless of personal preferences will find exactly what they love and more in this amazing country.

Cape of Good Hope in South AfricaA shot of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

So without further ado, here are our reasons to visit South Africa:

1. Award-winning destinations

No matter where you look, travel magazines and worldwide publications love South Africa. Travel & Leisure listed Cape Town as one of the “World’s Best Cities,” National Geographic Adventure ranked the country multiple times as one of its must-see destinations, and the World Travel Awards honored it multiple times as the best holiday destination in Africa. The experts can’t be wrong!

2. Wildlife and landscape

Did you know that South Africa has less than 1% of the world’s land surface, yet has 6% of the world’s known mammal and reptile species, along with 10% of the world’s plant, fish and bird species? Furthermore, Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the best places in the world for viewing African wildlife. Beaches along the coastline have been voted time and again as some of the best in the world. And the biodiversity in the region is unparalleled. The wildlife and natural landscape are some of the most compelling reasons to visit South Africa.

Kruger National Park zebrasZebras in Kruger National Park

3. Unique culture

South Africa is the most modern country in Africa. However, this modernity mixes with a vibrant local culture that comes from the African bush. This combination is completely unique and will leave you gaping. The people of South Africa hail from all sorts of different countries, from Europe to Asia to Africa. The “Rainbow Nation” awaits you!

4. Adventure

There are an incredible amount of outdoor activities to take part in, which is one of our favorite reasons to visit South Africa. Interested in Shark Cage Diving? How about paragliding? All of these extreme sports are available to you. Also, if nature and wildlife is more your thing, you can always go on a safari to see some of the most incredible animals of South Africa and the African continent.

5. Wine

South African wine is famous the world around, and so of course it, makes a great addition to the reasons to visit South Africa. Go to Western Province to visit the vineyards and attend wine tastings. Constantia Valley and Stellenbosch are some of the most famous, but you’re sure to have fabulous wine wherever you go.

6. Food

Like the people, the food of South Africa comes from and is influenced by many different cultures. Today, the cuisine mixes European, Asian and local food traditions, and the result is scrumptious. While in South Africa, try out the ostrich, the springbok, the Kudu and the BBQ!

7. Language

Afrikaans, Zulu, Tswana, Sotho, Xhosa…these are just a few of the many officials languages of South Africa. Luckily for all of us, one of the great reasons to visit South Africa is the fact that English is also an official language, and everyone speaks it. So, you’ll never have to suffer the difficulties of a language barrier when traveling through the country.

8. Cape Town and Johannesburg

Cape Town is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, and has won multiple awards to prove it. It is one of the three capitals of South Africa and set between the ocean and the famous Table Mountain National Park. The city offers so much in the way of activities, restaurants, shopping, beaches, tours and more. Without a doubt, Cape Town could stand alone on our list of reasons to visit South Africa.

Cape TownCape Town at night

Johannesburg is the largest city of South Africa, and the largest city worldwide that is not located near a river. The city has 10 million trees, which means more trees than people, and is home to the largest man-made forest in the world. Johannesburg is a great place to start your South African adventure, as it has the largest airport on the continent. The city is also known for its delicious food and great shopping.

9. Affordability

The US dollar is currently worth about ten times as much as the South African Rand. This means that citizens from the US, Europe or Britain all have far more buying power in South Africa than they would in their respective countries. There’s nothing like affordability to make a trip worthwhile!

10. Beaches

We’ve hinted at it before, but let us say it outright now: South Africa has some incredible beaches. Whether you’re in Cape Town or elsewhere on the coast, the beauty of the beaches won’t disappoint you. Of course, if you just love to relax, South Africa has plenty of options: Camps Bay, Clifton, Durban, and Knysna are just a few. But if you’re more interested in seeing something new, take a trip to Boulder Beach in Simonstown to see the “waddling wonders.” Beaches are one of our favorite reasons to visit South Africa.

Penguins on Boulder BeachThe penguins of Boulder Beach

A country like South Africa makes it difficult to narrow our list down to just ten reasons to visit South Africa. Luckily, we can count on our readers to give us some more great advice about things to do in this fabulous country.

Do you have any great reasons to visit South Africa that we missed?

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